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83 min.
Year of Production:
Eva Truffaut
Production Company:
La Huit Production
Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Essay Film
Teddy Award:
Teddy Jury Award

A studio. A man and a woman. Moving images on the screen, which he comments on, spurred on by her questions. All the footage was shot from the window of a flat: views of the street, the metro line running above it, the canal, into the windows of the buildings opposite. The flat belongs to the man’s lover, the man is a guest, spending his nights there but never his days. By the canal, young men from Afghanistan set up makeshift shelters as the man looks on, developing increasing sympathy for them. The seasons change, winter, spring, summer.
Actress Eva Truffaut and director Vincent Dieutre are talking about love. The tone of their conversation is subdued, little more than a whisper. Although the camera’s gaze is fixed on the world beyond the window, it’s also about what’s behind it. The noises from outside mix with the tones from within. Simon, the lover, a trade-unionist and civil rights activist plays the piano. For Dieutre, he was a hero. “Simon taught me again what compassion is”. The relationship is over, he talks about him in the past tense, tenderly and full of respect. It’s just the key to Simon’s apartment at Paris metro station Jaurès that he never owned.  

BIOGRAFIE Vincent Dieutre

Born in Petit-Quevilly, France, in 1960. He studied film at the IDHEC film school in Paris, during which time he made his first short films and videos. Along with making films, Dieutre works as a film journalist, editor and translator.

FILMOGRAFIE Vincent Dieutre (selection)

2019 Berlin Based   2016 Trilogie de nos vies défaites  2015 Viaggio nella dopo-storia  2013 Orlando Ferito – Roland Blessé  2013 Déchirés/Graves  2012 Jaurès  2007 Después de la Revolución  2006 Fragments sur la grâce  2004 Les accords d’Alba  2003 Bologna Centrale  2003 Mon voyage d’hiver  2001 Bonne Nouvelle  2000 Leçons de ténèbres  1995 Rome désolée  1988 Lettres de Berlin  1986 Arrière saison  1985 Wiener Blut  1984 Une martyre 

Jaurès @IMDb
Vincent Dieutre @IMDb
Interview with Vincent Dieutre

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